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For three centuries, the peal has been the “gold standard” ringing performance and ringing peals has ranked high among the aspirations of leading ringers. The records of peals are more complete than for any other ringing, making them an important indicator of ringing activity.

Peal ringing grew erratically during the 18th and early 19th centuries and then grew much more strongly from the 1870s, rising more or less continually to the current level of around 5,000 peals per year (apart from wartime dips). The first person to ring 1,000 peals did so in 1905, since when increasing numbers of ringers have done so, with some going on to ring 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and even 7,000.

Bill Butler was a consultant to the Biographies Committee, and has researched the lives of ringers who have rung 1,000 or more peals. His articles are published are published progressively in The Ringing World. Those listed below have already been published – more will follow.

This page shows the list ordered according to each ringer's total number of peals.

1000th date
Peal Total
NameDate of DeathPeal TotalBiography Image Scanpdf version of BiographyProlific Peal Ringer pdf
Peter BorderOctober 18, 20003472 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Brian Geoffrey WarwickNovember 5, 20063428 Biography pdf PPR pdf
J Martin ThorleySeptember 20, 20012958 PPR pdf
George Ernest FearnMay 20, 19742667 Image PPR pdf
Jack Leonard MillhouseAugust 29, 19992258 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Thomas Joseph LockJune 2, 19922223 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Ernest MorrisApril 21, 19622085 Image PPR pdf
Cyril Kenneth LewisNovember 20, 20022025 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Henry William John BarrettJune 24, 19952013 Biography pdf PPR pdf
William PyeMarch 8, 19351969 Image PPR pdf
Arthur Patrick CannonOctober 10, 19821622 Image PPR pdf
Frank BennettNovember 10, 19571600 Image PPR pdf
Joseph William CottonMarch 21, 19851554 Image PPR pdf
Frank Nolan GoldenOctober 27, 19911518 Biography pdf PPR pdf
George WilliamsJanuary 28, 19491508 Image PPR pdf
Alfred Henry PullingJuly 6, 19591492 Image PPR pdf
Isaac G ShadeJuly 19, 19261450 PPR pdf
George Robert PyeMarch 31, 19451378 Image PPR pdf
Norman Jesse GoodmanMay 27, 19971360 PPR pdf
Edward JenkinsDecember 7, 19711353 PPR pdf

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